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Baker McKenzie


Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

George Harris and Sean Rush head the department at Baker McKenzie, where the team focuses on borrower work for clients such as Sims Metal Management and Cairns Aquarium. One area of strength is renewable energy; Rush handled several deals for Neoen, including the acquisition and financing of DeGrussa solar farm. On the lender side, Bryan Paisley was active on various corporate finance mandates.

Leading individuals

Bryan Paisley - Baker McKenzie

George Harris - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie enhanced its offering with the hire of equity capital markets specialist Lauren Magraith, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills. Other key players are Craig Andrade, who was recently active on behalf of underwriters on various equity capital raising initiatives, and US securities expert Eric Boone. David Holland heads the team.

Leading individuals

Craig Andrade - Baker McKenzie

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘experienced’ Georgina Foster leads at Baker McKenzie, where work includes merger control and enforcement matters for clients such as FedEx Corporation and the ACCC. Jo Daniels is now at the firm’s Yangon office.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie renders ‘pragmatic, forward-thinking advice’ and is ‘prepared for any issues that might arise’. It frequently advises on energy and infrastructure construction matters. Urban development work included advising developer Hengyi Australia on the construction of Melbourne’s Swanston Central development. Anthony Whelan and Leigh Duthie head the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Aleisa Crepin from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Leading individuals

Geoff Wood - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

David Holland’s team at Baker McKenzie includes the ‘judicious’ Steven Glanz, who acted for HanesBrands on its A$1.1bn acquisition of Pacific Brands. In the public to private space, where the team handled a number of mandates, Chris Saxon advised the NSW government on the A$114m sale of its home care service.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘industry-leading partners’ include Andrew Salgo, whose varied caseload takes in defamation and professional negligence, and Mark Chapple, who defended AECOM in a A$280m misleading conduct and negligence claim relating to the Clem 7 tunnel. On the regulatory and investigations side, practice head Alexander Wolff is noted.

Leading individuals

Andrew Salgo - Baker McKenzie

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘focused, thoughtful, and commercially sensitive advice’ and has in a recent highlight represented McDonald’s Australia before the Fair Work Commission in relation to national enterprise agreement variations. Other high-profile clients include Caterpillar, Dell, Google and Unilever. Paul Brown and Michael Michalandos are recommended, the latter for his ‘truly outstanding commitment and advice’.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s growing team is headed by the ‘calm, wise and insightful’ Christopher Saxon. Renewables transactions included advising Palisade Investment and Northleaf Capital on their acquisition of EnergyAustralia’s remaining 25% equity interest in Waterloo Wind Farm, a matter handled by Sean Duffy. Martin Irwin acted for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on its bid for the 99-year lease of TransGrid, valued at A$10.2bn.

Leading individuals

Darren Fooks - Baker McKenzie LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘experienced’ team includes the ‘approachable’ Anne-Marie Allgrove, who has particular expertise in data privacy work, telecoms specialist Patrick Fair and James Halliday, who is advising Nextgen Networks on the deployment of the North Western cable system. Practice head Anthony Foley is well known in the technology space.

Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Allgrove - Baker McKenzie

Anthony Foley - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Sydney-based team is led by Richard Gough, who was active in a number of patent and trade mark disputes. Other names to note include Robert Arnold, who represented Easton Corp in a trade mark infringement action against Pacific Brands, copyright specialist Robert Arnold and Byron Angelopulo, who leads the trade mark group.

Leading individuals

Richard Gough - Baker McKenzie

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Terrific litigator’ Andrew Stewart, at Baker McKenzie, was busy handling a number of disputes, including acting for the Guardian in defamation proceedings commenced by Rabbi Yosef Feldman; Stewart also handles regulatory work. ‘Excellent technical lawyer’ Adrian Lawrence, whose clients include APN News & Media, is the other name to note.

Leading individuals

Andrew Stewart - Baker McKenzie

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has seen a number of recent arrivals as well as a steady flow of work generated by cross-border matters, such as John Mollard’s advice to Trafigura on the potential acquisition of Highlands Pacific. Domestic work included advising Unity Mining on the acquisition of 100% of Unity’s issued shares by Diversified Minerals. Christopher Saxon heads the team.

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Projects - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has been busy advising on public infrastructure matters, most recently on an energy infrastructure PPP project and a cross-border energy development project. Christopher Saxon and Anthony Whelan jointly head the team.

Leading individuals

Christopher Saxon - Baker McKenzie

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team is best known for its foreign investment expertise in sectors such as hospitality and luxury retail. In one example of work, Caroline Ho advised Keppel REIT Management on the A$160m sale of 77 King Street, Sydney. Additional contacts include Graeme Dickson and Bruce Webb, who jointly head the practice, the ‘efficient’ David Jones, and Roy Melick.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘proactive’ practice is led by ‘sharp practitioner’ Maria O’Brien and includes David Walter, who ‘suggests commercial solutions to legal issues’. The team handled a number of mandates for KordaMentha, including advising in relation to Arrium Group’s administration.

Leading individuals

Maria O’Brien - Baker McKenzie

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s strength in indirect taxes was again in evidence with the highly regarded Amrit MacIntyre advising on a number of mandates in the energy and real estate sectors. Practice head John Walker has expertise in tax issues arising from cross-border investments; Dixon Hearder leads on transfer pricing. Examples from the practice’s strong international client base include Abbott Laboratories and British American Tobacco.

Leading individuals

Amrit MacIntyre - Baker McKenzie

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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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